Painter Elected 20th President of Trinity

In an unprecedented move by the Board of Trustees, acting President Borden W. Painter has been named the College’s 20th president, removing the interim designation and giving him permanent status in the succession of Trinity presidents. The announcement was made by Board Chairman Paul E. Raether at the conclusion of this year’s commencement exercises. Painter has served as acting president for the past year, a position that he also filled during the 1994-1995 academic year.

“Borden’s success as acting president over the past year comes as no surprise, for he has always served with distinction,” said Raether, a member of the Class of 1968. “In both periods of presidential service, he employed good ideas, a firm grasp of the nature and value of the liberal arts, strong character, and an empathy for others while leading Trinity forward on a steady course. It is in recognition of this outstanding leadership, conducted with honor, skill, intelligence, and a steady hand, that the board has voted to remove the designation of ‘acting’ and to award the full title of president that he so deserves.”

As a result of the board’s historic action, Painter will now be included in the College’s formal roster of presidents as having succeeded Richard H. Hersh, who resigned last July as the 19th president. He will be succeeded by James F. Jones, who will become Trinity’s 21st president July 1. Jones, who currently serves as president of Kalamazoo College, was selected in April to be the College’s next president, following a nationwide search.

During a May 13 retirement dinner in his honor, the Trustees also announced the establishment of the Borden W. Painter, Jr. Chair in European History. A member of Trinity’s Class of 1958, Painter has been a faculty member in the history department for 40 years.

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